8-24-12 – Trout And Panfish

A Friday off from work means a day of fishing. Being that I didn’t feel like heading to camp for bass fishing, I went to fish for trout and panfish. I fished a tributary to the Connecticut River for trout and in the Connecticut River for panfish. The day was hot but not too humid so the fishing was enjoyable. Check out Trout And Panfish on our YouTube page.

I first stopped off to fish a cold water trout stream high up near the headwaters. As I approached the stretch that I desired to fish, I saw a pool that looked like it was just stocked. The best part is that this stream hasn’t been stocked with trout for years. The big pool at the confluence of two smaller brooks was deep and clear and I could count well over 15 adult fish.

As I made my first cast, one of the larger brookies came up and smashed a fly only feet from me. I knew it was going to be good! I caught 11 trout and lost double that before calling it quits and heading to fish for panfish. The fishing for me was frustrating because I had forgot my brook fishing tackle. I had no weight on my line so I was not able to get down into the depths of the pool where the fish were holding. My best option, which worked decent was to fish a small 1/16 ounce panfish jig right on the bottom. I caught several fish using this method and was satisfied.

With a decent morning of fishing for trout, I was disappointed on the main Connecticut River when I was chasing panfish. Although I caught some rockbass and bluegill, the bite was slow. I worked hard for the two dozen fish I caught and none were that large. Dark colors were the best as the water was clear and high.

I found that the fish were holding very tight to structure or right on the bottom. I started off like I usually would by suspending a jig around 18″ below a pencil bobber. I caught no fish in the main channel at first but as I started to work close to the shore, I started to find fish as well as a large number of snags in the fallen brush. After losing more jigs than the number of fish I caught, I decided to switch up my thought process. I dropped my jig down to a little over 3 feet knowing how deep the water was from past trips. I found that the fish were holding in the deepest water available in the section of slack water. As I worked my presentation through the water column I started catching better fish but nothing with great size. I fished till about noon before heading home to get ready for work in the evening.

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